A workplace injury is a serious matter. A significant injury can cause an employee to accrue major medical expenses, lose a large amount of their income, and threaten their financial security. Earning workers’ compensation may seem like a guarantee, but it is possible to miss out on the compensation you deserve.
There is a lot to know about workers’ compensation. The first thing an employee should understand is how to begin the process to earn their workers’ compensation. Merely telling your boss about your injury may not be enough to get things going.
How to start things properly
A workplace injury can be quite a spectacle. Even a fall off a stepstool can catch a lot of attention. If your boss saw the accident happen and watched you go to the hospital, you will still need to alert your boss of the accident formally.
There is a legal requirement in Tennessee for any employee with a workplace injury to report the injury to their employer in writing. Without this written statement, an employer will not be able to begin their end of the workers’ compensation claim.
What comes next
Once you submit your notification of injury to your employer in writing, there is more that you will need to do, including see a doctor for your injuries and pursuing any possible benefits.
While it may seem like a challenge, you do not have to go about this independently. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney knows how the process works and how to help you. Their leadership and guidance and help you secure the best possible outcome in your workers’ compensation claim.